Mapping the Landscape of the Soul
Inside Psychological Astrology
Theory & Practice
Authored by Glenn Perry Ph.D
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The product of 30 years of practice and research, this book will be useful to anyone who aspires to be on the cutting edge of new developments in the field of therapeutic astrology.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section, "A Question of Paradigm," features two essays that address key differences between the organic paradigm, to which astrology is wedded, and the mechanistic paradigm that has dominated western science for the past three centuries. This section also discusses recent developments in postmodern science that support the astrological world-view.
Section two, "Implications of Theory," entails six essays, each of which explores a different theoretical issue—psychopathology in the horoscope, a developmental approach to sign and house meanings, how Pluto correlates to problems with sexuality and intimacy, where to locate parents in the birthchart, why the Moon is best understood as a listening response, and the complementary of opposing signs and their planetary representatives.
Section three, "Therapeutic Applications," contains eight articles that detail how astrology can be utilized as a diagnostic tool. While astrology is not specifically a therapeutic technique, it affects technique in that it shapes the thinking of the practitioner in new ways. Specifically, it shows how a client’s issues are not mere by-products of bad parenting or childhood trauma, but manifestations of a particular fate that first appears in early formative childhood experiences. In this regard, every symbol of the chart is a corollary to both a subjective and objective condition, the interaction of which stimulates the process of personality integration. Thus astrology suggests that character is fate, but also shows how fate can be altered by the development of character.
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About the author: Glenn Perry, Ph.D. is a professional astrologer and licensed psychotherapist in Haddam Neck, Connecticut. Dr. Perry is founder of the Academy of AstroPsychology, an online school that offers courses and training in psychological astrology. He has written eight books and lectures internationally on the application of astrology to the fields of counseling and psychotherapy.